'many ... memorable characterisations, not least Brian Galliford's gross, gluttonous Iro'
'Brian Galliford delivers a virtuoso turn as the grotesque Iro'
'Mr Galliford made an expert transition from repulsive to pitiful'
'Brian Galliford (Iro) delivered a hilarious but also deeply moving portrayal of the failed socialite'
Iro · Return of Ulysses · ENO at Young Vic, London

'Brian Galliford's Don Jerome is succulent. What dynamic, what spirit!'
'a character tenor with an ideal declamation and an outstanding comedian'
'the wit and dramatic intelligence was irresistible'
'brilliant ! masterly' ·  'unbelievable'
Don Jerome · Betrothal in a Monastery · Toulouse & Paris

'the embodiment of viscid lust as well as irresponsible power'
Herodes · Salome · Bregenz

'Outstanding: Brian Galliford. Top class!'
'a comedy talent, that probably knows no equal in Berlin'
Piet vom Fass · Le Grand Macabre · Berlin


The British born tenor Brian Galliford studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. In 1991 he made his home in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

His operatic repertoire included Herodes Salome (Vorarlberger Landestheater Bregenz), Piet vom Fass Le Grand Macabre (Komische Oper Berlin, Niedersächsische Staatstheater Hannover, Vlaamse Opera, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos Lisbon, Nationale Reisopera and Neue Oper Wien), Don Jerome Betrothal in a Monastery (Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse & Opéra Comique, Paris), The Rector and Bob Boles Peter Grimes (Royal Opera Covent Garden, Nederlandse Opera, Nationale Reisopera), Iro The Return of Ulysses (English National Opera), Tanzmeister Ariadne auf Naxos (Welsh National Opera), Bardolpho Falstaff (Opera Holland Park), Graf Albert Die tote Stadt (Nederlandse Opera), Eisslinger and Zorn Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Nederlandse Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Vlaamse Opera), Monostatos Die Zauberflöte (Nationale Reisopera) and Fatty Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Nationale Reisopera). As regular guest artist at the Netherlands Opera he has also sung in Die Soldaten, Der Rosenkavalier, Boris Godunov, Capriccio and Salome. He has been a guest artist at the Glyndebourne Festival (Betrothal in a Monastery), Bregenzer Festspiele (The Cunning Little Vixen), Nationale Reisopera (Idomeneo, Un ballo in maschera, La forza del destino), Wiener Kammeroper (Owen Wingrave, Die Gespenstersonate), Opera Zuid (I pagliacci) and Taller Amsterdam (Weisse Rose, Los Heraldos) as well as Old Deuteronomy in the 1992/93 Dutch production of Cats. He was involved in a number of world premières including Cuentos de la Alhambra (José Luis Greco), Rixt (Henk Alkema) and Los Heraldos (Ilse van de Kasteelen) as well as a television film production of Udo Zimmermann's Weisse Rose. In June 2010 he created the roles of 1st Patient and Provocateur in the world première of Alexander Raskatov's A Dog's Heart directed by Simon McBurney and conducted by Martyn Brabbins at the Netherlands Opera.

Brian Galliford sang with conductors including Antonio Pappano, Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski, Esa Pekka-Salonen, Carlo Rizzi, Kenneth Montgomery, Tugan Sokhiev, Ingo Metzmacher, Ryan Wigglesworth, Hartmut Haenchen, Peter Eötvös, Luca Pfaff, Edo de Waart, Reinbert de Leeuw and Valery Gergiev and worked with such directors as Simon McBurney, Benedict Andrews, Martin Duncan, Daniel Slater, Willy Decker, Harry Kupfer, Nicola Raab and Tim Albery.

In January 2011 he made his French debut to great critical acclaim in the lead role of Don Jerome in Prokofiev's Betrothal in a Monastery at the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse and at the Opéra Comique in Paris. He was delighted to return to Toulouse at Christmas 2013 as Ménélas in La Belle Hélène.

2013 saw his debut at La Scala Milan in Raskatov's A Dog's Heart directed by Simon McBurney, conducted by Martyn Brabbins. La Bohème at the Saturday Matinee in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, followed by Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with the Netherlands Opera took him home to Amsterdam, after which he made his first visit to the Salzburger Festspiele as A Fool in Birtwistle's Gawain. He spent the autumn in London for semi-staged performances of Peter Grimes with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski and then Simon McBurney's Magic Flute at English National Opera with Brian as Monostatos.

Whilst 2014 began well with Mr. Galliford singing Oberst in Aribert Reimann's Die Gespenstersonate alongside Anja Silja for the Oper Frankfurt, he was unfortunately taken ill with a brain haemorrhage a month later in Lyon during rehearsals for a new production of Peter Grimes.

Brian now has cancer again and will not be resuming his singing career.

Click here to read an interview (in French) for the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse.

Click here to read an interview (in Dutch) for the online opera magazine OperaNederland.nl.

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